Obama’s Latest Anti-Gun Nominee

Published by the LearnAboutGuns.com Author on June 24, 2009 at 12:01 am
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As I’ve discussed before, President Obama is about as anti gun as it gets.  He was endorsed by the Brady Campaign, and chose gun rights opponent Joe Biden to be his vice president.  He then nominated anti gun individuals such as Eric Holder and Janet Napolitano to key positions within his administration.  This trend continues with his latest State Department nominee, Harold Hongju Koh, who supports gun control on a global scale.  Below is the Gun Owners of America action alert regarding Harold Hongju Koh:

Vote Coming to Confirm Anti-gun Radical
— “Guns Kill Civil Society,” says State Department Nominee

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
http://www.gunowners.org

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has scheduled a Wednesday vote on a
State Department nominee who supports gun control on a global scale.

While advocates of the Second Amendment have come to expect that
appointees of President Barack Obama would be hostile to the rights of
gun owners, the president’s nominee for legal advisor to the State
Department reaches a whole new level of anti-gun extremism.

Harold Hongju Koh, who served at the State Department under the Clinton
administration, is a self-described “trans-nationalist” who believes
that our laws — and our Constitution — should be brought into
conformity with international agreements.

“If you want to be in the global environment, you have to play by the
global rules,” Koh told a Cleveland audience.

Koh’s positions treat our constitutional law as if it were a mere local
ordinance on the greater world stage. This is of particular concern to
gun owners at a time when the U.S. Congress is under pressure from
President Obama to ratify an international gun control treaty with
countries in the western hemisphere. That treaty, known by its Spanish
acronym CIFTA, would likely serve as a forerunner to a more extensive
United Nations initiative, the “Program of Action to Prevent, Combat and
Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in all its
Aspects.”

The Bush administration, under the leadership of UN Ambassador John
Bolton, rejected the small arms treaty. Bolton plainly told the world
that the United States will not accept a gun control document that
violates our Constitutional right to bear arms. Harold Koh commented
that Bolton was being “needlessly provocative.”

In a paper entitled “A world drowning in guns,” Koh maintains that a
civil society cannot exist with broad gun ownership: “Guns kill civil
society,” he said.

Koh is eager to assume his post at the State Department, having lamented
that there is only so much that can be done from the outside to push gun
control treaties, and that ultimately we need people like him in
positions of power. The chief lawyer for the State Department is just
the position someone like him needs to put his agenda into play.

While Koh’s nomination has been delayed largely because of Second
Amendment concerns, Sen. Reid plans to force a vote this week.

It is imperative that gun owners contact their Senators and insist that
they vote AGAINST this anti-gun extremist.

ACTION: Please contact your Senators immediately and urge them to
oppose Harold Hongju Koh’s nomination to the State Department. You can
use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at
http://gunowners.org/activism.htm to send your Senators the pre-written
message below.

—– Pre-written letter —–

Dear Senator:

The Senate is expected to soon vote on a State Department nominee who
supports gun control on a global scale.

Harold Hongju Koh, who served at the State Department under the Clinton
administration, is a self-described “trans-nationalist” who believes
that our laws — and our Constitution — should be brought into
conformity with international agreements.

According to Koh, “If you want to be in the global environment, you have
to play by the global rules.” Well, I don’t support global rules that
contradict our own Constitution.

Koh supports international gun control treaties such as the United
Nations initiative entitles the “Program of Action to Prevent, Combat
and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in all
its Aspects.”

When former UN Ambassador John Bolton told the world that the United
States will not accept a gun control document that violates our
Constitutional right to bear arms, Harold Koh commented that Bolton was
being “needlessly provocative.”

And in a 2003 Fordham Law Review article entitled “A world drowning in
guns,” Koh maintains that a civil society cannot exist with broad gun
ownership: “Guns kill civil society,” he wrote.

I urge you to reject this trans-nationalist, anti-gun extremist who
would place foreign laws and international agreements on equal footing
(at minimum) with the U.S. Constitution.

Sincerely,

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